Sounds familiar, right? We may hear this somewhere, but do we know exactly what Yggdrasil is?
Yggdrasil is a huge, ash tree that is known to shelter the nine worlds: More
Have you ever thought of living into another world different from yours, where fantasy can be a reality and where imagination is just as real as you and me?…
December 9, 2011
November 23, 2011
I have an account with deviantart, and I also admire works that are truly interesting and enchanting.
As of now, let’s start the list with Athena, the Greek Goddess of wisdom, craft and war. She is Zeus‘ favorite daughter. Myth has it that when Zeus hears the prophecy that if a child will be born from his union with Metis, this child will become more powerful than he, so he thought of a way to deal with this. Afraid of the prophecy to happen, Zeus swallowed the pregnant Metis. Though swallowed, she still conceived her child and made an armor and weapon for her. When the child is “ready to be delivered”, Zeus experienced a “headache” so painful he asked to have his head split open. After doing so, with a loud voice, Goddess Athena sprang from his head, fully-grown, with her armor and weapon.
Below you can see some of the finest illustrations of Athena from DeviantArt. Credits are given to the artists who made this. You can also visit their profile to admire their other artworks. Enjoy browsing! 🙂
Athena by Genzoman
Athena by mmmmmr
Athena by SaraRichard
Athena by InertiaK
Athena by redheaded-step-child
Athena by miss-velance
Athena by Alayna
Athena by EleosInteractive
You’ve seen some of the great illustrations of the Greek Goddess Athena. Do you know other pictures that we can add here? Hope you enjoyed this collection. Feel free to comment! 🙂
November 3, 2011
Hi all! It’s been a while since I posted nice and informative article here, luckily we have this guest post from Stacey Cavalari, an experienced journalist for eDrugstore.MD, a leading safe online medication drugstore since 2001. Make sure to visit edrugstore.md’s podcast section, where 400+ expert health specialists give their excellent advice.
Zeus was the ruler of Olympus and the chief of and Goddesses. He overthrew his father, Cronus, and upon winning the lot between him and his two brothers, Poseidon and Hades, became the king of the Olympians. His wife was Hera, though he had been married twice before, and his weapon was the thunderbolt. This thunderbolt would be hurled at any mortal who lied or broke an oath, which was ironic, as Zeus, himself, wasn’t known for his truthfulness.
Yes, like most of the Greek gods, Zeus was imperfect. Despite all of his better qualities, Zeus, like so many other men, had a weakness for the ladies. His many affairs are possibly the thing that he is most famous for. His unfaithfulness made Hera a very jealous goddess, and instead of taking it out on her husband, she would usually sate her fury on Zeus’s lovers, even if they had only been a victim of his advances.
But, one good thing that did come out of Zeus’s many affairs are the scores of notable offspring he had with the various goddesses, demi-goddesses, nymphs, dryads and mortal women who caught his fancy. Here are a few of Zeus’s most notable affairs:
Semele was a mortal, a princess of Thebes. She was Zeus’s lover and was carrying his child when Hera found out about the affair and went ballistic. She killed Semele and her unborn child would have perished as well if Zeus hadn’t stepped in to save him. The baby was Dionysus, who later became the god of wine and merrymaking. When he was grown, he found a way to free his mother from the underworld and convinced Zeus to allow her to live on Olympus. Semele is very notable, as she is the only mortal woman ever to be the mother of a god (as opposed to a demi-god).
One advantage of being a god was the ability to shape shift and gain access to beautiful women without their even suspecting you were near. Zeus used this trick in many situations. One such incident involved him turning himself into a swan, pretending to be running from an eagle, and landing in beautiful Leda’s arms “for protection”. Well how could she resist that? Later that night, however, in the form of a swan, Zeus took advantage of Leda and in time this consummation resulted in two eggs being laid. From these eggs hatched four babies; Helen, Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. Half of these children were the mortal children of Leda’s husband and half were Zeus’s. Which ones are Zeus’s and which are not is often a matter of debate, however Helen is always stated as being the daughter of Zeus. Later she would be Helen of Troy, over which the Trojan War was fought.
Zeus could turn into anything he wanted to in order to bed a lovely lady. Once he even turned into a sunbeam! However, once in awhile, one of his lovers had the bad fortune to be transformed to cover up his affair. Io was one such lady. When Hera found out about Zeus’s affair with her, she quickly came down from heaven to investigate. Trying to cover things up, Zeus turned Io into a heifer that just “happened” to be standing there. Hera, who knew what was up, asked for the heifer as a gift and Zeus could not refuse. Once she had poor Io, she set Argus, who had a thousand eyes, to watch her. Zeus set Hermes to lull Argus to sleep, and when he was sleeping, Hermes killed Argus. Hera was heartbroken and as a tribute she placed Argus’s eyes on her favorite bird, the peacock. Io was free, but she was tormented by a terrible gadfly and the ghost of Argus. She traveled all over, and as a result, many geographic areas are now named for her, such as the Ionian Sea and the Bosporus. Later she was restored to her human form, and bore a child to Zeus. One of her descendents was Hercules, who, among other great feats, freed Prometheus, just as Prometheus had predicted.
These are just a few of the notable affairs of Zeus. One thing that stands out about Zeus is that, while he is divine, he holds the same character flaws as most humans. “Relatable” gods and goddesses are a trademark of Greek mythology so it’s no wonder that almighty Zeus also made mistakes.
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September 29, 2011
Listed below are my characters in Dioses, the following being some of thefound in the manga. Each goddess is unique and bear in mind that these goddesses are of my own version. So, there, enjoy reading! 🙂
ATLATONAN : There are confusions regarding her domain. Some say she is the Aztec goddess of lepers and those who are born with physical deformities. On some accounts, an Earth goddess or goddess of the coast. She is also known as Atlatonin. She is also one of the four wives of the Jaguar-god Tezcatlipoca.
BASTET : The Egyptian Cat goddess. There are also confusions, though. On some accounts, it is said that she is the one sent by Ra to destroy the mankind. The humans, at that time, are all wicked and cursed Ra’s great name. So, the council of the gods, with Ra, decided to destroy them and thus Bastet was sent to slay them. That’s one version, come say the goddess Hathor did it. She is also called Bast. She is the goddess of music, dancing, pleasure and merry-making.
FRIGG : The queen-wife of Odin, king of the . She is the goddess of marriage, also of love (though some accounts say that Freya is the goddess of Love) . She is seen as the goddess who weaves the clouds. She also has the capability to see the future but told no one about what she sees. She has lots of attendants, the most popular is Fulla. When Balder is terrified by his nightmares, it is his mother, Frigg, who extracted the oaths from all the living and non-living things not to hurt Balder. But this failed because Balder is killed by a tiny twig of mistletoe. By the way, Friday is named after her.
HERA : The queen of the gods, she is Zeus’ wife. She is also the goddess of marriage. Their union produced Ares, god of war, Hebe, goddess of youth and cupbearer of the gods, and Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth. She bore Hephaestus alone. Some of the popular stories about her is her jealousy and anger towards her husbands’s women. Her sacred animal is the peacock, whose eyes once belong to Argos, her faithful follower whom Hermes killed.
September 27, 2011
Who is Persephone?
So, there she is. If you happen to know other facts about Persephone, feel free to share. 🙂
August 31, 2011
These are books written byand colonial-era . These codices provide some of the best primary sources for Aztec culture.
Best known are: